Techno-economic analysis of ethanol-selective membranes for corn ethanol-water separation

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Abstract

The economic and technical feasibility of a hybrid distillation-membrane system applied to the separation of ethanol from water in traditional dry-grind corn ethanol facilities was studied. The current distillation technology was modeled in Aspen Plus and the proposed membrane unit in gPROMS. A system with the membrane placed after the distillation column with the membrane retentate recycled to the column feed was determined to be the most suitable for the separation requirements of this industry. Sensitivity analyses were performed to assess the effect of key membrane performance parameters such as flux, selectivity and cost on the economic feasibility of this system. These allowed for appropriate technical and economic performance targets for the membrane to be determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Pages365-370
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Volume37
ISSN (Print)1570-7946

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge funding from the ARPA-E Award No. DE-AR0000338. The authors would also like to acknowledge Luca Zullo for his insightful comments and suggestions.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier B.V.

Copyright:
Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Hybrid Separation Systems
  • Membranes
  • Techno-Economic Analysis

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